VP8/VP8DXU South Orkney Islands

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Date(s) - 02/21/2020 - 03/05/2020
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The Perseverance DX Group is organizing a team of experienced DXpedition operators to activate the South Orkney Islands (IOTA AN-008) from approximately Feb. 21, 2020 through March 5, 2020.  South Orkney Island is currently #16 most wanted on Clublog.  

The team will be QRV from Signy Island on 10-160 meters, SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8. Located at 60 degrees south / 45 degrees west, we expect temperatures to hover around freezing most of the time, with constantly changing conditions of wind, rain, snow and occasional sunshine.

The team will erect two extreme weather tents for radio operations, sleeping and eating.

Signy Island is inhabited by birds, seals, penguins and sea lions. Our campsite will be sited to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. Establishing a camp site requires extensive research, documentation and permission from multiple government agencies, all of which we have contacted.

The RV Braveheart, from Tauranga, New Zealand) will transport us from Punta Arenas, Chile to Signy Island. The ship will remain on station during the project. Braveheart owner Nigel Jolly and skipper Matt Jolly have both been to Signy Island and are well aware of the geography and challenges associated with a project of this type.

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